Ummm, negative. AXMC just saw a massive price drop. AX can be had for a fraction of the original cost. The AW's you could barely even sell when the AXMC first hit the market (unless it was a 2.0 folder) without taking a bath on them.If there’s one thing for certain when it comes to AI rifles, they don’t ever get any cheaper.
Exactly. I want one but I'm not paying that kind of money for one, I will just go with a pre 14 AX if one of those pop up in 300 win mag at a decent price. I know I'm one of the few but I really don't want the quick change feature on the AI.Ummm, negative. AXMC just saw a massive price drop. AX can be had for a fraction of the original cost. The AW's you could barely even sell when the AXMC first hit the market (unless it was a 2.0 folder) without taking a bath on them.
Something's only worth what the market will bear. Your statement is entirely true if you replace the acronym "AI" with "AW" or "AWM" (or even "AS" - if anyone could actually find one of those to purchase)!
A lot depends on what you want it for. I purchased an AW (and an AWSM for that matter) brand new back when TacPro was the USA distributor for them, along with the AI Dovetail mount, the S&B scope, AI bipod (which I don't use as I prefer a stiffer one), the AI sling set, standard and biathalon, (which I don't use as I prefer the Tab Gear ones), a bunch of magazines, a couple cases worth of Lapua ammunition & some training sessions.The AW game is definitely the pay to play type. And if your like me, once you pay, she don’t play. Having something so rare and virtually new, makes using them not practical.
Why would I shoot my AW when I could just pick up a gap or crescent and not feel the least bit guilty about using it as intended. If I get some finish damage on a gap from a prs match, don’t care in the least. If that happened to my AI, it would break my heart. There’s no replacing the AW. If I sold it, I’d hate myself and regret it for the rest of my life. I knew going in it wasn’t a rifle to shoot, take to matches, or punch paper with. And I’m fine having a trailer Queen. It’s not my first, or my last, just my favorite.
If you are looking to get a shooter, that you will actually use, your cheapest way to get to an AWM in .300WM is to buy a AWSM in .338LM then replace the bolt barrel & magazine. However if you want it for collector value, then you'll need to find an original AWM in .300WM with all the original parts & that's a bit hard to do, as they were a bit rare even when you could buy them new, they are out there, but expect a long wait and a higher price.I would trade every rifle I own and 1 scope for an AWSM 2.0 in .300 Winchester Magnum.